Meet Jane (Joyce)


  • Tell us about your story:
    • What is the name of your book?What genre is it?
      • The books are supernatural thrillers, though some call them urban fantasies.
    • When and where is your tale set?
      • It’s set in present day in the Pacific Northwest.
  • Who are you?
    • What is your name?
      • Depends on who’s asking. People who don’t know me call me Joyce. My friends know better and call me Jane. My BFF is the only one who calls me Narc, but not in public (at least not when she’s sober).
      Are you a fictional or historical character?
      • I’m told people with my type of curse haven’t been around for a hundred years, but I’m just as real as they were.
      What’s your role in the story – are you the protagonist or a supporting character?
      • Without me, there would be no story. The birthmarks I was born with set me on a path to tell the tale that no one else could.
      Are you a human, animal, alien, robot, or something completely different?
      • Though some people have treated me as less than human at times, I am human, a woman in her mid-twenties.
    • Do you consider yourself to be good, bad, or indifferent?  Would others agree with this assessment – why, or why not?
      • Everyone has good and bad in them. I’ve got my share of both, but labels like good and bad are judgment calls, which I don’t care to make. I’ve seen good people do bad things and vice versa. And I’ve been judged enough times to no longer care what other people think.
  • What do we need to know about you?
    • What is your personal goal?  I mean, what do you ultimately want?
      • Family. I don’t have a biological one, so I’ve had to make my own. But being a part of my family involves a level of trust that most families don’t have to deal with. It’s because of my dreams. No one’s past, misdeeds, or humiliations are off limits. My family has to trust that I won’t share what I learn about them when I dream. Ultimately, if I could stop the dreams, my life would be so much easier.
      What is standing in your way?  What conflict(s) do you face?
      • Ariane Rebaza, an Inca scholar I met a few months ago, believes the dreams make me una testigo, a Witness in her culture. She thinks it’s in my DNA, which would make the dreams impossible to overcome. But I’m hoping she’s wrong.
      Why is this goal important to you?  What’s your motivation?
      • Family is who’s left standing when the smoke clears. Given that the people I dream about are usually nasty pieces of work, I need all the support I can get during and after the dreams. I need my family.
    • If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be, and why?
      • If I had it to do again, I wouldn’t hide my birthmarks. I regret letting the bullies take away my confidence and self-esteem, and wish I’d been stronger. Now, when I see someone throw away a mask, I cheer them on.
  • How do I get a copy of your book?
    • Is it available now, or when can we expect to see it released?

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